While other University of California personnel were leaving Japan, Dr. Kozue Shimabukuro, a UCLA pediatric critical care specialist and Japan native, flew in to join a Japanese government medical team sent to the disaster area.
The March 11 quake and tsunami hit just as Shimabukuro was planning a trip to Japan. She changed her plans immediately and volunteered for relief operations.
Shimabukuro’s undertaking is one of the ways UC faculty, staff, students and organizations are responding to the disasters in Japan. Other UC efforts may not be as courageous as Shimabukuro’s, but numerous fundraising campaigns were started, and UC scientists offered their knowledge to help understand the quake, tsunami and crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
For more news about the activities of UC personnel, students and organizations, go to Facebook and like UC Japan Disaster Response page.